"Fans of the greater Miami megalopolis rejoice! Finally there's a novel that nails your part of the world!" Gary Shteyngart, author of Absurdistan and Super Sad True Love Story
"It's hard to resist raising a toast to a book that shows Meyer Lansky, Frank Sinatra, Isaac Bashevis Singer and Muhammad Ali at a Little League Baseball game umpired by Fidel Castro. As Gleason would say, "And awaaaay we go!" The Washington Post
Set in Miami Beach in 1972, this novel follows the Posner familytwo Holocaust survivors, Sophie and Jacob, and their son, Adamdoing everything they can to avoid one another in a city with an infinite supply of colorful diversions. In '72 Miami hosted both the Republican and Democratic political conventions and experienced the rise of the counterculture, the Cold War, and the desegregation of the old South. Miami Beach was to be the Posner's salvation. Instead they discover their lives quickly turning into a Disney World of funhouse mirrors and chaotic rides that give them front row seats through a transformational year in American culture, politics, and history.
Thane Rosenbaum, author of the novels The Stranger Within Sarah Stein, The Golems of Gotham, Second Hand Smoke, and Elijah Visible (winner of the Edward Lewis Wallant Award), is a Senior Fellow at New York University School of Law, where he directs the Forum on Law, Culture, and Society.
|Publisher:||Mandel Vilar Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Thane Rosenbaum is author of the critically acclaimed novels The Stranger Within Sarah Stein, The Golems of Gotham, and Second Hand Smoke, and of the novel-in-stories Elijah Visible, which received the Edward Lewis Wallant Award for the best book of Jewish American fiction. He is a Senior Fellow at New York University School of Law, where he directs the Forum on Law, Culture, and Society. Visit: http://www.thanerosenbaum.com/.
Table of Contents
Prologue: The Fat Man 1
Lansky’s Lady Consigliere 9
Flower Power in Flamingo Park 39
Bullet Bob and the Jew Boy 69
Gimpel of Surfside 99
Munich to Miami in Spitz Seconds 119
To the Moon, Sophie, to the Moon! 143
The Day Fidel Called Balls and Strikes 175
What People are Saying About This
A powerful time capsule: open its covers and you enter a bittersweet moment in American Jewish history….It's all here--gangsters, survivors, flower children, school integration, Yiddish literature, the Munich Olympics, and the strange and beautiful possibilities of catastrophe and renewal in the elephant graveyard of 20th century American Jews, Miami Beach. Dive in and enjoy!--Dara Horn, author of A Guide for the Perplexed and The World to Come
Fans of the greater Miami megalopolis rejoice! Finally there's a novel that nails your part of the world!" --Gary Shteyngart, author of The Russian Debutante's Handbook and Absurdistan "How Sweet It Is plunges its fictional character into the thrilling, dangerous and often absurd world of Miami in the 70s, and as a result the readers get to experience the historical events as if from the inside. It's that rare book that manages to be both intensely informative and huge joy to read. --Lara Vapnyar, author of There Are Jews in My House and Memoirs of a Muse
Fans of the greater Miami megalopolis rejoice! Finally there's a novel that nails your part of the world!" -- Gary Shteyngart, author of The Russian Debutante's Handbook and Absurdistan